LGBT Center of Raleigh

Mailing Address: 19 West Hargett Street Suite 507 - Raleigh NC 27601 - 919-832-4484

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Transgender Initiative

Transgender Initiative


The Transgender Initiative is built around the idea of creating a communal, safe place for people from all across the gender spectrum, along with their allies, to meet, gather, and provide a supportive and welcoming social environment.

Our mission is to help build community with self-identified or perceived transgender, gender variant, or gender non-conforming individuals and trans-positive organizations in the greater NC Triangle region.

We move into facilitation and actualization of our thriving co-created community by nourishing and expanding support, education, activism, awareness, the arts, advocacy, wellness, health, resource creation, empowerment, visibility, acceptance, and self-determination for all transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming people.

For Families, Friends and Allies:


SoFFA is a part of the Transgender Initiative designed to create a peer support and social network for Significant others, Friends, Family and Allies of people in transition or questioning whether transition is appropriate, as well as gender fluid or gender queer individuals. We extend our communal safe space  to address the special needs, concerns, and questions those with gender non-conforming loved ones face.

Gender Discussion Group

An open and welcoming environment for all people of the gender spectrum, including anyone who is unsure of or is questioning their gender. Group meetings are held in the LGBT Center of Raleigh on the second Monday of the month at 8 pm. All transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming people are invited. As this is a closed group wherein people discuss deeply personal issues, we ask that people who do not identify as transgender not attend unless they are coming as support for someone already in attendance or for the sake of discussing their own lived issues with gender.

Gender Social Club

An open and welcoming environment for all people of the gender spectrum as well as friends, allies, and significant others. Game night, book club, .... It can be whatever you want! Take some time to meet others in the community in a welcoming environment. The social starts at 8 pm.


TransGensA discussion group for parents and their adolescent transgender or gender non-conforming children. Program is geared toward adolescents in middle and high school (6th-12th grades) and their parents. It is co-sponsored by the Center's Youth and Family Initiative.

We will get to know each other and have open discussion about transition-related topics. Meetings may occasionally have specific topics or guided discussion. Please contact Cheryl at if you have questions or a proposed topic for discussion.

Non-Binary Discussion Group

This is a discussion group for anyone who is non-binary (or is questioning) and focuses on a specific topic each meeting. This month we will be discussing what makes a space safe for non-binary people and how we can make these spaces safer. This might include work, home, business, events, and more.

Non-Binary Tea Time

Non-Binary Tea Time is a monthly social meetup that alternates between the Durham LGBT Center and the LGBT Center of Raleigh! Hosted by Eric and Smote, the group is aimed mainly at nonbinary, genderqueer, and gnc individuals although anyone questioning and exploring is welcome to join us!

Additional Resources

  • Changing Your Name (Wake County)
  • Local Resources (doctors, business, etc. in and around the triangle)
  • Internet Resources (you tube, websites, etc. that are just great)
  • Transgender in the Media (movies, books, musicians by and for gender non-conforming)
  • LGBT Center Mental Health Resources (master list of LGBT friendly mental health providers)
  • Trans in the South • Campaign for Southern Equality • Website • In the pages of this edition of Trans in the South you'll find lists of trans-friendly service providers – from doctors to attorneys to counselors – across the South as well as resources to assist with funding medical transition.
  • Trans in the South: Funding Your Transition Resource Guide • Download the Guide (PDF File)

What Is the Transgender Initiative? - video by Rebecca Chapin